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Long Branch Housing and Community Development (LBHCD)

CHEER’s Long Branch Housing and Community Development Initiative is driven by goals from the Long Branch Stakeholders convened and facilitated by CHEER. CHEER convened a community-based process to address development related to the Purple Line in the Long Branch community. This process includes residents, local business owners, local nonprofits, and property owners. It facilitates participation by Long Branch community members, including those who are usually least represented, in planning and development decision making. This process leads to the development of plans for consideration by property owners, developers, and government decision makers. 

                                                                                                                               Over four sessions to-date the Stakeholder Group includes approximately   

                                                                                                                               50 members representative of the Long Branch community.

                                                                                                                               In November and December 2022 and March 2023 the Stakeholders Group                                                                                                                                       participated in four in-person meetings to do three things.

                                       

                                                                                                                             (1) formulate a shared vision of what Long Branch should look like in the future,

                                                                                                                             (2) articulate a set of community development goals that fulfill that vision, and

                                                                                                                             (3) suggest ways to monitor progress toward fulfilling those goals.

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                             During the fourth meeting, stakeholders formed goal action teams for the seven                                                                                                                                 priority goals

WHY Does the Stakeholder Group Need to Do This?  Long Branch faces profound challenges and opportunities as a result of Purple Line construction and projected completion in 2027. A community voice would promote community friendly and affordable development preventing disruption and displacement for residents and local business and ensure that the Purple Line benefits all community members.

CHEER supported the Long Branch Stakeholders through the Stakeholder Steering Team (SST), who designed and facilitated the stakeholder sessions and the CHEER Resource and Research Team(RRT), who provided background information and helped draft the original measures and action timeline for the seven top goals

Moving forward the SST and RRT will help the LB Stakeholders collect data, take actions on county legislation, budgeting and zoning, and procure funds for the short and long term to achieve the Stakeholder goals.

Meeting Photos

Mission & Goals

To read the 7 goals from our LBHCD Stakeholder Meetings (English and Spanish), please click on the images below!

  • Protect Residents from Rising Rents and Other Housing Costs

  • Provide More Affordable Housing

  • Parking

  • Food

  • Neighborhood Attractiveness

  • Public Safety

  • Affordable Businesses

​To access the Long Branch Dashboard, a collaboration website with

UMD PALS centered around these goals, please click here.

English Goals!

Spanish Goals!

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Rent Stabilization and Tenant's Rights Forums

​The Long Branch Housing and Community Development Team (LBHCD) has been working on a series of community forums with Coucilmember Kate Stewart and the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC). On June 14th 2023, many Long Branch residents pleaded for rent stabilization in front of Councilmember Kate Stewart prior to the passing of  Bill No. 15-23. On February 28th 2024, the LBHCD team led another succesful community forum centered around tenant's rights. Pictured are some images and a clip from the February 28th forum:

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Resource Links

Housing Resources:

Takoma Park

- Takoma Park Municipal Code for Housing

- Commission on Landlord Tenant Affairs (COLTA)

for more information visit The City of Takoma Park website at takomaparkmd.gov

Montgomery County Code Enforcement

- 2023 Housing Code Enforcement Handbook (English, Spanish)

- A Guide to Code Enforcement

Landlord Tenant

- Landlord Tenant Handbook 2015 (English, Spanish)

- What is Ordinary Wear & Tear (English, Spanish)

- Move In - Move Out Checklist

- Eviction Prevention Guide (English, Spanish)

- Condo Conversion Handbook (English, Spanish)

 

For more information visit Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs

website at montgomerycountymd.gov/DHCA/ or call 311!

 

Voting Resources:

Takoma Park

- Takoma Park Voter Registration 

State of Maryland

- Maryland Voter Registration 

 

Additional Resources:

- Housing info one-pager & other data from Community Conversation on Afford Housing (PDF)

- Housing Presentation from Community Conversation on Afford Housing (PDF)

- Healthy Homes Tips (PDF)

- Healthy Homes Survey (PDF)

- Takoma Park Municipal Government by CHEER (spreadsheet)

- Montgomery County Council by CHEER (spreadsheet)

- Montgomery County Government

- Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services

- Montgomery County Public Schools

- Montgomery County Department of Recreation

- Montgomery County Public Libraries

- Montgomery College

- Villages of Takoma Park

- Takoma/Langley Crossroads

- Takoma Foundation

- Action in Montgomery

- CASA

- Renters Alliance

Questions?

For any questions, please contact Ray Nosbaum at ray@communitycheer.org

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